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Monday, October 26, 2020

Have you Minced the Meat

 Pumpkin Spice can be found nearly every where right now and soon the holidays will be brimming with all types of desserts and pies. My daddy simply loved pie and would take a slice over cake any day. One of his favorite types of pie was mincemeat. Have you ever had a piece of mincemeat pie?? Perhaps you have never heard of what mincemeat. 

In medieval days refrigeration had not been invented so when the great hunts would happen a way to preserve the food would be needed. One way to preserve meat was to turn it into mincemeat. There was no salting or smoking needed. The meat was mixed with fruit and spices and enjoyed in a savory manner. Eventually the British would catch onto the fact that you could enjoy a pie of mincemeat simply by increasing the fruit and spices and making the mixture a bit sweeter. 

Mincemeat pies have changed over the years and often do not include the grand amount of meat that they once did. Here are some vintage recipes that will allow you to try your own mincemeat pie 

Mincemeat Pie

1 pkg (9 oz) None Such Condensed Mince Meat
1-1/2 cups water
1 to 3 tablespoons sugar
Pastry for 2-crust pie

In small saucepan, crumble mince meat; add water and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until lumps are thoroughly broken. Boil one minute. Cool. Line 8-inch pie plate with pastry; fill with mince meat mixture. Cover with top crust. Flute edges. Cut 4 gashes in center of top crust. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
For a 9 inch pie, use two (9 oz.) packages condensed mince meat, 3 cups of water and 2 to 6 tablespoons of sugar.)

(Makes 5 dozen 3-inch cookies)

1 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1 pkg (9 oz.) None Such Condensed Mince Meat
3-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

In large bowl, cream shortening. Gradually add sugar, blending well after each addition. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Crumble and stir in mince meat. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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